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Belarusian skiers flee the country for fear of retaliation for political views

The Doridovich family departs a few days after the Beijing Winter Olympics, where the Belarusian team is being scrutinized after the asylum of sprinter Krystsina Zimanoskaya at the Tokyo Olympics last year.

Dariya Doridovic and her family are currently in Poland and want to continue training there. (Reuters)

Belarusian cross-country skiers fled the country with their families for fear of retaliation by the authorities after being locked out of competition for their family’s political views.

Dariya Doridovic and her family are currently in Poland and want to continue training, said Sergei Doridovic, a seven-time Olympic cross-country skier and Dariya coach, on Tuesday.

17-year-old Dariya argues that Sergei and his daughter believe they are in opposition to the 2020 reelection of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who said the opposition was fraudulent. Forbidden.

“Dahlya has been deprived of her right to participate in the competition,” said Sergei Doridovich.

“I don’t think she’s likely to continue her career in Belarus.”

Dariya, one of the country’s most promising junior cross-country skiers, last month revoked the FIS code, the personal identification number required by the Belarus ski union to participate in competitions run by the International Ski Federation (FIS). Said.

The Belarus ski union told Doridovich’s coaching staff in December that she had revoked her FIS code in December, in response to a decision by the Belarusian Cross-Country Skiing Federation, according to a January 31 letter.

The letter did not say why the decision was made.

“We could be accused of performing a demonstration and yelling at the opposite slogan, and then only sent to jail,” her father said.

“Three months ago, even in a nightmare, I couldn’t imagine leaving my country.”

The Doridovich family departs a few days after the Beijing Winter Olympics, where the Belarusian team is being scrutinized after the asylum of sprinter Krystsina Zimanoskaya at the Tokyo Olympics last year.

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Repression of Belarusian athletes

Several elite Belarusian athletes have expressed dissent and imprisoned or kicked off the national team for participating in a protest that broke out in 2020 over Lukashenko’s reelection.

The crackdown on Belarusian athletes, including an attempt to force Zimanuskaya to return home at the Tokyo Olympics, has sparked international criticism.

Last week, the United States announced that it was imposing visa restrictions on several Belarusian citizens, citing the Tsimanouskaya case and another case called extraterritoriality dissident activity.

Another Belarusian cross-country skier, Sviatlana Andryiuk, was also stripped of her FIS code. This prevented her from attending qualifying events that could take part in the Beijing Olympics.

Andrewk, who said he was accused of being an opposition supporter last month, said her political view was neutral.

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Source: Reuters

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